President Trump wants to create a military 'Space Force'

From Engadget - March 14, 2018

Apparently, the idea started out as a joke. "I said, 'Maybe we need a new force, we will call it the Space Force,' and I was not really serious. Then I said, 'What a great idea,' maybe we will have to do that," the president said. He continued to discuss why the Space Force would be a good idea. It's unclear whether the president was joking. We have asked the White House for clarification on whether the president was, in fact, in jest when he discussed this.

Joke or not, President Trump is not close to the first person to discuss militarizing space. The Air Force already has a Space Command division that oversees our country's military operations in space. While militarizing space is a bad idea for many reasons, it's already happening. Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coates said in 2017 that "Both [China and Russia] will continue to pursue a full range of antisatellite (ASAT) weapons as a means to reduce US military effectiveness."


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